Road Trippin’ Day 1: D.C. – A Verified Great Place For Triathletes

  • By Jené Shaw
  • Published Mar 14, 2011
  • Updated Mar 14, 2011 at 4:07 PM UTC

Follow Triathlete magazine Senior Editor Jené Shaw as she drives cross-country in search of cool triathletes and interesting triathlon-related stuff throughout the nation. Click here to read past Road Trippin’ Triathlete articles.

Day 1: Saturday, March 5

A group of cyclists meets in Bethesda, Md. I wished I was riding!

I either have a sixth sense for detecting nearby triathletes or the Washington, D.C. area is completely infiltrated with them. Judging by my experience in the last two days, I’m pretty sure it’s the latter.

6:00 a.m. Land in Philadelphia after around two hours of awkward plane sleeping. Most of that was spent in the second grade head down on my food tray position. (It amazes me how that becomes a go-to “comfortable” spot while flying.)

8:00 a.m. Drove to Bethesda, Md., and stumbled upon groups of cyclists and runners meeting at the Crescent Creek Trail. Bethesda Bagels already had a massive line out the door. My guess is those same athletes headed there after their workouts.

10:00 a.m. Ate at a pretty horrendous brunch place that served WHITE TOAST. I won’t name names. But who actually eats white toast anymore?

12:00 p.m. Rev3 owner Charlie Patten showed me behind the scenes of his race series with a trip to the warehouse and headquarters. His two daughters were running around putting on past race t-shirts and transition wristbands. (Apparently they always walk out of the warehouse with some Rev materials.)

The Rev3 team is hard at work to establish its 2012 races , looking at Wisconsin, Michigan and California as possible venues. Patten says the upcoming Portland race in July hasn’t picked up huge numbers yet, which he attributes partially to it being announced only six months ahead of time and partially to expected low numbers for a first-year race.

“We find that people [on the west coast] have heard of Rev3 but they’ve never experienced Rev3,” he says. “That’s what we had happen at Rev3 Quassy [in Connecticut] the first year. We knew we weren’t going to have a lot of people, but we did everything the same way we would as if we had 2000 people at the race. The people that were there really had a good experience and the next year it built on itself. That’s what we hope to happen in Portland.”

Thanks for the tour, Charlie!

3:00 p.m. The Snapple Tri Team invited me to come check out their swim clinic led by an elite team member. The dozen or so athletes, ranging from the newbie to elite, practiced lots of form and technique drills for the hour session at a gorgeous high school pool in Arlington, Va.

5:00 p.m. Ran around the Mall, dodging tourists along the way.

8:00 p.m. Ate a way-too-carby but tasty meal in Georgetown. Attempted to walk off some bites by checking out some homes in the neighborhood. They’re all so unique and charming in a way that only Georgetown homes could be.

Next up: Trail run with D.C. Tri Club president and an afternoon of activities with Team Z!

–Road Trippin’ Triathlete/Jené Shaw

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Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw is a contributor for Triathlete magazine, a six-time Ironman finisher and a USAT Level 1 certified coach

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